Domain Names and Party Games
Dynamoo Diary - April 2001
Note: an updated version of this article can
be found here.
Well, down here at Dynamoo
central we thought it was finally time to migrate our pages from Demon Internet
to our own domain, which involved the usual buff-up of the web pages and
a complete redesign and rename of the site..
..which was where the
fun begins. It turns out, of course, that 99% of all domain names seem to
be owned by people who don't know what to do with them.
Seethru.co.uk (itself a semi-spoof site) has a fun
random word URL generator which proves this fact.
Somewhere in the great
dot.com bubble someone clearly thought it would be a good idea to register
everything and then try to sell them on at a profit. Now,
this is clearly possible if you find yourself in possession of a decent domain
name such as America.com which
[the now closed] GreatDomains.com has listed at a cool $30 million, but how many people
are going to be interesting in paying $100,000 for
AmericaC.com? Any takers? Clearly some people are about a million bucks
short of being dot.com millionaires and are likely to stay that way (Dynamoo
But undeterred by this,
many are still trying to flog worthless domain names from
Yahoo! to no great success.
So where to start registering?
Well, you need some inspiration and a bucket load of patience. A broker like
listed at dmoz are OK if you want to pay over the odds for a decent
name. dmoz carries a list of sites that
deal purely in
unregistered and lapsed domains, but these are usually for speculators
only. So your alternative plan is to settle down at a registrar's site and
just type in the ideas as they come to you. Dynamoo recommends
Dotster as good, inexpensive places to start, but
ICANN carries a
full list of accredited registrars which you should check out.
But buying the rights
to use the domain name are only half the story.. if you actually want to
host it then it can get expensive.. but more about
that another time!